At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you which mobile OS you’re currently using. Aside from learning about the different OSs MakeUseOf readers use, we were also curious to find out which mobile OS is the most popular among our readers? Curious too? Keep reading!

Out of 593 voters, 1% use Samsung Bada, 2% use Blackberry OS, 6.5% use Windows Phone, 8% use Nokia Symbian, 24% use iOS, and the winner by a far margin is Android, with 53%. 4% use none of the above, and 1.5% don’t own a phone.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Expecting the results to be much closer, we were surprised by Android’s significant lead. While it’s only about 600 voters, it seems that Android is by far the more popular OS among our readers. If you’re an iOS user and think differently, perhaps you should have voted!

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This week’s poll question is: At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone?

When I was a child, there were no cell phones. I got my first phone when I was 18, and many got one even later. Later on, children began to use cell phones earlier and earlier, and today we’re seeing the same trend with smartphones. For the purpose of this poll, let’s say a child is anyone 13 years old or younger. Do you think children should own a smartphone at this age or not? Are smartphones a good influence and can they benefit children, or should they be avoided until they’re older?

Be sure to explain in the comments why you chose the answer you did. Since it’s hard to think of every possible answer in a poll like this, let us know what you think.

Comments (56)
  • Pokedexg

    i got my first phone when i was 5 it could only call my other mom got it for me then the next year my step mom got me one because she worked over night at NYSEG and i would spend the night with my other mom and if i need to i could call/text her or call 911. Now im 11 and i have a lg encore gt550 on my step moms contract its a touch screen feuture phone.

  • Tiana

    I disagree. I’m 12 and I just got an iPhone 4. I do not believe that kids my age need on at all. I do however only judge if they need one or not on their maturity level, not on age. I only have the phone because I have to pay 20 a month for the phone. Now the question was do kids under 19 need a smart phone Android, Blackberry, etc. I truly believe that age is just a number and that’s same in the aspect of kids having smart phones.

    And also many kids in my school have smart phones and in most cases all the popular kids have them. That is however not the reason I got a iPhone. I got it because I love technology.. Hope this helped!

    • Yaara Lancet

      Thanks Tiana! It’s great to have an opinion from someone younger. All of us who grew up without even having cell phones around can’t really imagine what it’s like to grow up with smartphones.

      I think you have a very valid point. We tend to forget sometimes that age is just a number. Some people at 12 won’t be responsible enough, and some will.

      Hope you enjoy your iPhone!

  • Justin

    I think they should own a smartphone when they are ready to use one. Was I ever to young to work on a computer? Was I ever to young to jam on a Nintendo? Was I ever to young to watch television? I hear 50 year old adults being overwhelmed with an Iphone, whilst their 5 year old in kindergarten can work it better than them. They provide knowledge and communication at their fingertips. We are connected to each other more than ever in today’s day in age. Of course, it’s also a responsibility.If you want a phone, you are going to work for it. I teaches more than any teacher I ever had, and I was ripping apart laptops at 6.

    Honestly, Parents are scared that they one day they will have to rely on their children with electronics. If parents can’t work it, how can a kid? Right? It’s a tool people. What they choose to do with that tool is who they are as a person. I can use a wrench to fix a car… or I can use a wrench to break a window. I can use a smart phone to call, text, and surf the web, or I can use the phone to prank call the police.

    Exposure or Prevention? What is the correct method? I would be pissed if the first computer I touched was in 2005. They are the catalyst in making sure there is food on my table and a roof over my head. Who knows what I would be doing if I’ve never touched one. I would still be doing the same thing with a LOT less knowledge. Thank you Dad for allowing me to become what I wanted to be.

    • Yaara Lancet

      Thanks for the comment Justin, it’s an interesting point of view on the subject. Let children who are up to it play with smartphones, it might become their future income source!

  • Dylan

    18, until then they should experience a normal cellphone (No offense kids).

  • Lukas A

    When they are able to be an evening on their own. That way you also promote independence.

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